ATG Quirkies: An Obsession with “Books that Aren’t”

blooks2This post from the New York Times puts the spotlight on Mindell Dubansky, preservation librarian at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and her love affair with fake books.  The romance started some 20 years ago in a downtown flea market and culminated last week when 200 items from her collection went on display at the Grolier Club in Manhattan.

According to Ms. Dubansky “books that aren’t” or “blooks” as she calls them, have a long and varied history ranging from elaborate medieval reliquaries shaped like books to a book-shaped ice cream mold dated 1888 to Crosley book radios popular in the 1950s.

Her collection runs the gamut so if you’re in Manhattan from now until March 12th head down to the Grolier Club at 47 East 60th Street and check it out.

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)

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